Manchester United‘s need for reinforcements in the left-back department has been well-documented, but they could be about to tap into an unexpected source to solve their long-standing issue in the position.
The 21-year-old full-back has drawn praise for his all-action performances in Argentina's second tier this season and could soon be set for a switch to Europe.
“I found out about it on Saturday morning,” Díaz told Ataque Futbolero recently, “but later I did not talk to anyone other than my agent. My agent told me that they were delighted and they were going to see me a couple more games.
“It is the dream of any footballer [to play for Manchester United]. However, I need to remain focused on what we are doing and enjoying this moment.”
Who is Enzo Díaz?
Díaz has only featured in seven league games for Agropecuario so far this season, but that has been enough to alert scouts from Europe to his ability, with United at this time believed to be most serious in their interest in the youngster.
Although he starts at left-back for his club, Díaz is also capable of slotting into the centre of defence, demonstration a useful versatility and the physical attributes to cope with the demands of the Premier League should a move to England materialise.
What are Enzo Díaz's main strengths?
Díaz is a fast and adventurous full-back, who likes to bomb forward to support the attack whenever possible.
The left-footer is quick and well-balanced, enabling him to ride challenges and weave beyond opponents when carrying the ball forward.
He is sound defensively, physically robust and has shown good positional instincts, but it is his crossing ability that stands out most when watching Díaz in action, able to produce dangerous swerving deliveries from deep, cutbacks from the byline and delicate chipped centres.
What are Enzo Díaz's main weaknesses?
Díaz's chief weakness in terms of being a target for a major European side is that he is completely untested at the highest level.
He's lacking experience of top-flight action in Argentina, making it difficult to discern just how his attributes will fare against a higher calibre of opposition.
At a glance, Díaz's speed, tenacity and superb crossing ability looks at though it will translate into making him a top-quality full-back at any level. But until he is tested in a more competitive league, especially defensively, there will be question marks against him.
How much is Enzo Diaz worth?
No fee has been mooted in the reports linked Díaz with a move to United, but it is unlikely that, coming from the Argentinian Second Division, it would cost a great deal to sign him.
Even in the current, hyper-inflated transfer market, unless a bidding war ensures, it should be possible to pick him up for £5-10million.
However, the main issue facing any prospective buyer from England will be trying to obtain an work permit for the young defender. Unless he has a European passport, he is highly unlikely to fulfil the criteria required.
Why should Manchester United sign Enzo Díaz?
Signing Díaz, with his lack of top-level experience and having such a small sample of games from which to judge his ability, would certainly be a risk for a club the size of United, and he could well become the latest in a long like of non-European imports who hardly feature for the Old Trafford first team if he does make the switch – such as Manucho, Ángelo Henríquez and Mame Biram Diouf.
But over the years Argentina has produced stellar defenders, and full-backs in particular. Coming from such stock could give hope to the idea that, with the right guidance, Díaz could blossom into a star.